Columbus to weigh in on 'Our Budget, Our Economy'
Monday, Jun. 14, 2010
AmericaSpeaks: Our Budget, Our Economy will bring together citizens of all political persuasions to find common ground on tough choices about our federal budget.
The event will take place Jun. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the OSU Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road.
AmericaSpeaks is a nationwide effort to host a national discussion that will happen simultaneously at locations throughout the country, including Columbus. The program has been endorsed by Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND). Local forums will be linked together by satellite and the Internet for a truly national discussion. Recommendations will be shared with national leaders, including members of Congress and the White House’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
The Council for Public Deliberation is hosting the local community conversation, and the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus is cosponsoring the event to give ordinary citizens a chance to tell their leaders how to respond to the current economic crisis.
“We hope to draw a diverse group of concerned citizens to our community conversation here in Columbus because we believe the discourse will be richer if everyone – of all ages, races, political persuasions – weighs in on strategies to ensure a sustainable fiscal future and a strong economic recovery,” said Dave Patton, director of the Council for Public Deliberation and the facilitator of the event.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Lunch and parking will be provided free of charge, but participants must register for the event in order to reserve lunch. For more information and to register, click here. To learn more about the nonpartisan national convenor, AmericaSpeaks, visit usabudgetdiscussion.org.
“The League of Women Voters believes that sensible, responsible civil discourse and action – based on substance rather than partisanship – are essential for civic improvement, and so we are proud to cosponsor this critical community conversation,” said Scott Britton, vice president of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus.